Here’s What Counties Have to Do to Reopen

California’s governor released new guidelines Thursday for counties wishing to reopen ahead of the state. But the criteria was almost immediately criticized as too stringent.

For a county to reopen businesses, it should see no more than one case per 10,000 residents and 0 deaths for a period of two weeks. And it must share its plans with the state and public.

Stanislaus County Supervisor Kristin Olsen questioned the possibility of most counties seeing 0 deaths.

“There really is no statewide, consistent data for Covid-19," she added (Politico). "There’s so much variance around the state that many of us feel we should be trusted to make responsible decisions locally.”

The alternative is to simply defy the state and see what happens. Sutter, Yuba, and Modoc have already done so. They’ve been criticized by the governor and recently threatened with the witholding of emergency funds. But, so far, no action has been taken.